The Counterpoint Project is:
Paintings by Visual Artist Patrick Earl Hammie will feature a mixture of grand portraiture and allegories, and blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation.
An evening of powerful solo works will include historical or pivotal works in addition to original work choreographed by Endalyn Taylor and Darrell Grand Moultrie. These powerful dances join the dancers personal truths into a metaphoric embodiment of their imagined self selves, featuring national and international artists Ingrid Silva (Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City), Cira Robinson (Ballet Black, London) as well as three other intergenerational ballerinas.
This post-performance discussion will delve into the artistic collaboration and process of the Counterpoint Project, art installation and live performance. It will also investigate what it truly means for brown bodies to penetrate the historically white artform and address the secondary color line of colorism which is seldom addressed. These intergenerational dancers will share their experiences as ballerinas who are undeniable “brown” and how the secondary color line effects their psyche, esteem and opportunities.
Moderator Theresa Ruth Howard has emerged as a powerful voice in the dialogue surrounding diversity in ballet. She has worked to reinstate the muted history and promote the current achievements of the Blacks in Ballet around the work through the digital platform MoBBallet (Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet). As a contributing editor of Dance Magazine she has consistently taken on controversial topics dealing with race, diversity, cultural bias in criticism and colorism in dance.
This promises to be a dynamic and informative discussion
The Counterpoint short documentary film will follow dancer, curator, and choreographer Endalyn Taylor and visual artist Patrick Earl Hammie in their collaboration with five talented cross-generational ballerinas of color and will culminate in a video showcase of the participant’s final collaborative multimedia performance and panel discussion at the Schomburg Center in Harlem.
In addition to the documentary functioning as the primary video record of the initial Counterpoint project, it will also feature insightful discussions from the project participants that will assist in the project’s mission to explore, discuss, and reframe the ongoing cultural and critical contributions of black ballerinas in dance and visual culture.
Final Completion date TBD
Counterpointprojectballet.com contains audio and visual recordings of the process, performance and additional support information